Ice fishing contest prize-winners cleared of fraud

(icefishing.org photo)

BRAINERD, Minn. — Organizers of a Minnesota ice fishing tournament says an investigation into possible fraud has cleared three Ohio men who won prizes, including a pickup truck.

Officials with the Brainerd Jaycees $150,000 Ice Fishing Extravaganza say the three family members have passed lie detector tests and will be allowed to keep their prizes, which also include $1,000 and an ice auger.

Ivan Lyogky of Hartville, Ohio, and his sons Stephan and Rostik were tested separately by a licensed polygraph examiner and no deception was detected. Stephan Lyogky won the contest and the pickup with a northern pike that weighed 3.10 pounds.

Contest organizers said they received an anonymous tip that raised suspicions about the Lyogkys’ fish. About 12,000 anglers participated in the annual contest Jan. 27 on Gull Lake’s Hole in the Day Bay.

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